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GAMEDAY: U.S. Takes on Canada for U18 WWC Gold

By USAHockey.com, 01/12/19, 10:00AM EST

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Puck drop set for 5 p.m. local time/3 a.m. ET; Stream live on IIHF.com

The U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team (4-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) takes on Canada tonight as it looks for its fifth consecutive victory to claim gold at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Puck drop for the gold-medal game is set for 5 p.m. local time (3 a.m. ET).

GAMEDAY
The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team plays its fifth and final game at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship today against Canada at Obihiro Forest Ice Arena. The game will be streamed live on IIHF.com (see schedule below for direct links) and live game updates will be provided on Twitter.

FACING THE CANADIANS

The U.S. holds a 7-4-3-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against Canada all-time in IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship play. The two teams last met on Jan. 7, 2019 in the preliminary round of this year's tournament with the U.S. scoring three unanswered goals and earning a 3-2 victory. 

After falling behind by two, the U.S. got started with a goal from Dominique Petrie (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) just 2:42 after Canada's second goal. 

Petrie beat the Canadian defender at the blue line and skated into the offensive zone alone on a breakaway before pulling the puck to her backhand and sliding it past Raygan Kirk to pull the U.S. within one.

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Just 14 seconds after Petrie got Team USA on the board, Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) took a pass from Haley Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) and sped into the Canadian zone on a breakaway. Murphy froze Kirk with a fake to the backhand and pulled the puck back to her forehand before tucking it into the open cage to knot the game at two before the end of the second period.

Just 3:41 into the third period, Murphy scored the eventual game-winning goal to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead.

Murphy positioned herself in the high slot, took a pass from Casey O'Brien (Milton, Mass.) and rifled a one-timer past Kirk to give the U.S. the lead.

After facing adversity later in the third, the U.S. killed a four-minute Canada power play and held onto the one goal lead to secure its second victory of the tournament.

GAME FOUR RECAP

Katy Knoll (Amherst, N.Y.) scored two goals and added two assists, while Skylar Vetter (Lakeville, Minn.) made 17 saves on 18 shots as Team USA clinched a spot in the gold-medal game with a 7-1 victory over Finland in the semifinals of the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship.

"Tonight was a really good game for us from start to finish," said Maura Crowell (Mansfield, Mass.), head coach of the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team. "The first period was a great start and I think that really set the tone for the rest of the game. We're looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunity to compete for a gold medal."

For the complete game recap, click here.

RIVALRY RENEWED

Tonight's matchup will mark the 11th time that the U.S. and Canada will face off in the gold medal game of the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. Since the tournament's inception in 2008, Team USA and Canada have faced off in all but one gold-medal game - the 2018 final in which the U.S. took home the gold medal, defeating Sweden, 9-3. 

2019 U.S. Tournament Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET)/RESULT VENUE LOCATION Stream/U.S. Player Of The Game
Sun., Jan. 6 Russia
Preliminary
W, 3-2 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Hannah Bilka
Mon., Jan. 7 Canada
Preliminary
W, 3-2 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Abbey Murphy
Wed., Jan. 9 Sweden
Preliminary
W, 2-0 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Skylar Vetter
Sat., Jan. 12 Finland
Semifinals
W, 7-1 Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Katy Knoll
Sun., Jan. 13 Canada
Gold-Medal Game
L, 2-3 OT Obihiro Forest Ice Arena Obihiro, Japan Makenna Webster

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